Rufous Fantail

Chamorro – Naabak * Carolinian – Liteghi par

IDENTIFICATION

Rufous fantails (Rhipidura rufifrons) are small birds with reddish-brown feathers. They have a habit of spreading their tail feathers. The fanning of the tail is used by males to challenge one another and in courtship rituals to attract females. They sing beautiful songs to help keep their families together or to ward off strangers.
Factoid: Forever Lost
“Naabak” means “someone who gets you lost”
It’s a common belief if you follow it as it flits through the forest, you’ll become lost.

QUESTION 1:

Why do males fan their tails?

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